Anime News Network digs into this year's major publishing report to paint a picture of the manga industry in Japan in 2004. There's a ton that's interesting to not here, if you dive right in or go to it obliquely through smart commentary like David Taylor's. Everyone probably already knew that a slight decline in domestic sales is what has made the worldwide expansion of manga such a boon for these companies. It's also worth remembering that it's such a siginficant portion of the overall publishing market that it works differently -- only a broad readership would make rental policies an issue, for example. Something very much worth reading.